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Andrea Chloe Wong | March 25, 2014

Cultural diplomacy plays a vital role in international affairs. It promotes the unique identity of a country and advances understanding with other nations. Its importance is increasingly evident as the world becomes more globalized and interdependent, especially with the proliferation of mass communication technology that ensures greater access and interaction among states and people all over. It is because of this reality that many countries regard cultural diplomacy as an important component in their foreign policy.

Darshana M. Baruah | March 21, 2014 | Source: RSIS

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The South China Sea is seeing increasing tension amongst the claimants. The Second Thomas Shoal is the latest addition to Beijing’s ‘Salami Slicing’ strategy of slowly acquiring small reefs and islands to consolidate its contested claim.

Walden Bello | March 18, 2014 | Source: Foreign Policy in Focus

Last year, the Philippines brought a complaint against China’s aggressive actions in the West Philippine Sea to the United Nations Arbitral Tribunal. The Chinese “were really unprepared for that and were really embarrassed by it,” one of Vietnam’s top experts on Chinese diplomacy told me during my recent visit to Hanoi.

Walter Lohman | March 13, 2014 | Source: The Heritage Foundation

Testimony before the US-China Economic and Security Review

My name is Walter Lohman. I am Director of the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation. The views I express in this testimony are my own and should not be construed as representing any official position of The Heritage Foundation.

The Global Times | March 6, 2014 | Source: The Global Times

By virtue of its position, the South China Sea forms part of a vital route for maritime trade and transport for East Asian and Southeast Asian countries and their trading partners in Asia, Africa and beyond, which gives this area great geopolitical significance. Therefore, disputes over regional control and influence among the littoral states are bound to arise.

Antonio T. Carpio | March 6, 2014 | Source: InterAksyon

Speech delivered by Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio before the Philippine Women’s Judges Association, 6 March 2014

This morning, with your kind indulgence, allow me to speak on a matter that I hope would be the advocacy of every Filipino - the protection of the marine wealth of the Philippines in the West Philippine Sea.

Andy Ho | March 2, 2014 | Source: The Star Online

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Carl Thayer | February 28, 2014 | Source: The Diplomat

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Vanessa Lucas and Azadeh Shahshahani | February 18, 2014 | Source: FPIF

On December 10, Filipinos held rallies in key cities around the country to commemorate Human Rights Day and blast the administration of Benigno Aquino III for the country’s dismal human rights situation.

Millions of Filipinos fell victim to Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Typhoon Yolanda). The affected regions already faced immense poverty. Supporting these victims is a daunting task that has not been made any easier by the Aquino administration’s crackdown on human rights defenders that serve these communities.

Zachary Keck | February 12, 2014 | Source: The Diplomat

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